Not Sufficiently Real

“We all know very well that democracy in this country was not sufficiently real for the conscience of all our citizens to be moved by the scheming, cheating, and intrigues that teams of politicians have indulged in for the past twenty years — teams on different sides, representing opposing interests, but unfortunately all very similar in their presumption, their inconsistency, their fecklessness, and their lack of presence of mind. These politicians were able to jeopardize our happiness and throw us into dangerous ventures.” (Jean Guehenno, Diary of Dark Years, 1940–1944)